Gentle Peace Christmas Card

Handmade Christmas Card using Gentle Peace stamp set

Last Christmas, Jan Tinklenberg created a card using this Gentle Peace stamp set and mounted the image on glitter paper after stamping it and coloring it on a window sheet. I knew then that I needed Gentle Peace and this technique for our Christmas cards this year. I have been saving the stamp set all year and finally put ink to it.

One of the best features of Stampin’ Up! products is that they work together so well. This card is a prime example of this. Since the image is a stained glass window, I stamped it onto a window sheet with Black Stazon ink. (I later experimented and the new Basic Black ink also works well on window sheets.) Then I colored the back side with my retired Blendabilities and mounted it onto Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with Fast Fuze. Finally, I trimmed both layers.

Since this is a church window with light shining through it, I needed a background suggestive of the outside of a church. I considered several options and then remembered the Brick Wall embossing folder I just had to have. A little Tip Top Taupe sponging on the embossed Tip Top Taupe cardstock did the trick. A window box stamped on Soft Suede with Soft Suede ink and the greens stamped  on Mossy Meadow cardstock with Mossy Meadow ink are from the Festive Fireplace stamp set and were cut out using the Festive Fireside and Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. See what I mean about how everything works together? You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the images below.

Stars, stars, stars!

Are you a person who loves stargazing? Do you know someone you want to recognize as a ‘star’ in your life? Then you will love this card I created for a friend who has won a grant she wrote. This is the third grant in a row she has written.

handmade congratulation card using stars framelits and Lucky Stars embossing folder

The sentiment was created on my computer using the retired MDS software program. I used the greeting “Huge Congrats” from the Watercolor Wishes kit on the inside of the card. Have you tried the thick Whisper White cardstock yet? You really should because it is perfect for card bases. I used it for the card base on this card but used the regular Whisper White for the banner. I think the lighter weight cardstock curls better. I cut the banner using the framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. See…you get a variety of dies with these sets of framelits that can be used in all sorts of projects! They give you so much value for the price.

To order the supplies you need to make this card yourself, just click on the images below.

The Lucky Stars embossing folder and Stars Framelits were on the Weekly Deals a couple of weeks ago. If you are not checking them out each Tuesday, you are really missing out on some great deals. Here are this week’s deals. Click on the image to go to my online store.
Weekly Deals for 9-29-15

Advent Tree Class to Go

Advent tree created with tiny treat boxes

This adorable advent tree created from tiny treat boxes was posted on the Stampin’ Up! corporate blog yesterday. The creator is Allison Okamitzu, one of the 2014 – 2015 Artisan Design Team members.

I am offering a class by mail for this project. The kit will include one package of the tiny treat boxes, 1/2 package of the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, 1 Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack (for the date labels – you can use the rest of the package for cards), 2 yards of ribbon, and complete instructions. All you will need to make your tree is hot glue, adhesive, paper trimmer, and a ribbon spool for the base. The price of the kit is $35 which includes flat rate priority shipping.

The supplies will be quite popular now that the tree has been posted and has been shared on Facebook so contact me soon so I can order the supplies for your kit. After the middle of October, they may not be available. Email or call me to order a kit.

12 Weeks of Christmas Gift

Postcard created with MDS

I am about to begin a 12 Weeks of Christmas gift for those subscribing to my mailing list as a special thank you. Each week, my subscribers will receive an e-mail containing a project idea for a holiday card, gift, tag or wrapping, along with the steps necessary to assemble it! But…you must be subscribed to receive these wonderful emails. Fill out the form on the right to get started. Then you will receive an email from me asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Be sure to respond to that email to complete your subscription.

Happy Business Woman Day!

I love owning my own paper-crafting business and being a business woman. I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 14 years and yes I have owned my own business for that long. I still get a thrill when I teach a class or workshop for someone. I still get a little excited when I log on to the demonstrator website to get the latest company news, track my monthly sales, or track the progress of an order, and I still get really excited when I gather with fellow demonstrators at Stampin’ Up! sponsored gatherings for demonstrators.

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The term ‘business woman’ most often brings up images of a woman in a suit with a briefcase sitting at a desk in an office or as this woman is doing, having a working lunch. Often, this type business woman works for a corporation where her hours and duties are determined for her.




In contrast, owning my own paper-crafting business gives me:

  • the flexibility to decide for myself how many hours I work each day
  • when I will go to work and when I will have family time
  • the ability to set how much money I earn without having to have someone else’s approval
  • the ability to set my own goals and hold myself accountable for reaching those goals

in other words…being my own boss!

In addition, I get to work with product I love and with others who love being creative. This make work fun!

You to can be a business woman and own your own paper-crafting business for an investment of just $99.¬† I’d love to have you join me as a demonstrator on my team. I will give you superb support as you develop your business. You don’t have to be particularly crafty at first. I will enjoy teaching you (that is what I do best) and helping you develop your crafting skills as well as your business skills. You will also have the support of Stampin’ Up! and all the training available from them.

Does this sound interesting? Contact me for more information or visit my demonstrator website to learn more.

Need a longer Pillow Box?

Christmas pillow bozes using Stampin' Up! Square Pillow Box Dies

My order containing the bundle of the A Little Something Stamp Set (w – 139827, c-139830) and Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies (139657), bundle (w-140858, c-140859) arrived last night and I couldn’t wait to put my new toys…err…tools to use. I was amazed how quickly this gift wrap went together.

But…what if you need a longer pillow box? You can double the length of the box by folding a piece of cardstock in half (I used a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece) and placing the die on it as shown below. Then cutting it out. You have to make two sides to the box so you repeat the process for the second side. Be careful to place the fold in the exact same place on the die so both halves are the same length. You might want to place a small piece of washi tape on the die marking where the fold should be placed. By placing the fold where I did, you double the length of the box. Placing the fold closer to the cutting end will give you a shorter box but still longer than the original one. I placed a belly band over the fold to conceal it and decorate the box.

I initially put the box together using Tear & Tape Adhesive (a must when building boxes) on the side flaps of the box. However, since the flaps are tapered at the ends,  the seam does not have adhesive at the corners. Then I put the Tear & Tape on the edge of the box and found a part of the adhesive was not covered by the flap. To fix this problem, I just pounced my Embossing Buddy on the sticky part. The powder removed the stickiness and I had a nice seam even in the corners.

Photo showing position of folded cardstock and Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die

A tip we learned at convention is that the ends can be closed and reopened easily if you alternate which end tab is on top like in this photo.

End of Pillow Box demonstrating how to alternate the end tabs

This is definitely a go-to product when you want to quickly create a unique wrap for a small gift. Click on the image below for more details on the products I used and to order them in my online store.

Donate to breast cancer research with Paper Pumpkin?

Breast Cancer Research Foundation Paper Pumpkin

Yes, you can donate to breast cancer by subscribing to Paper Pumpkin by Oct 10. Stampin’ Up! will donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation $1 for every Paper Pumpkin subscriber on October 10th so subscribe! If you have been a subscriber before, they will donate the $1 but…if you have never subscribed before, they will donate $2 because you are new! Click on the image above to be taken to the Paper Pumpkin home page where you can subscribe. (While it is part of Stampin’ Up!, Paper Pumpkin has it’s own website.) I will appreciate your indicating me, Sue Erickson, as your demonstrator when you subscribe so I get the credit.

What is Paper Pumpkin and why should you subscribe? Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription where you get a surprise box containing a paper-crafting project complete with a tutorial with pictures, pre-cut and pre-printed cardstock, an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, embellishments, and even adhesive to complete the project. Each month will have a different exciting project. Once you subscribe, the kits will come each month without you having to do anything more. If you need to skip a month or stop your subscription, all you need to do is notify Paper Pumpkin by the 10th of the month. If you do need to stop getting them for a while, you can easily start up again by re-activating your subscription.

Now…why should you subscribe? Do you like getting happy mail once in a while instead of just junk mail and bills? Are you pressed for ‘me time’ because you have little ones at home? Are you pressed for space for a craft room? Do you like to sit down and complete a project in 1/2 hour or less? Then Paper Pumpkin is perfect for you!

All the supplies you need come in a small orange box (like a pumpkin). You can open the box and get right to creating something beautiful or cute. No more hauling out a stash of supplies and having to debate what color paper to use. And clean up is easy. Just put everything back in the box and you are done. This is a perfect kit to take on a trip, to do while watching TV in your easy chair, when you need a really quick card, and to do while the kiddos are napping.

Ready to subscribe? Click here! Give me a call or email me if you have any questions.

Weekly Deals for 9-15-15

Handmade card using Butterfly Thinlits

It was love at first sight when I opened the Occasions catalog last spring and saw this wonderful set of Butterflies Thinlits (137360)! This card was my Leadership swap last January and I have used the thinlits time and time again since then. Yes, it can cut Gold Foil Sheets and even Glimmer paper. Since it is a very finely cut shape, I recommend using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309) found on page 43 in the Holiday catalog. With this glue pen, you can put very tiny dots of glue even along the narrow strips of cardstock. Since this is a liquid glue, it does take a few moments to set up so you may need to hold down the butterfly for a few seconds until the glue starts to dry. Try not to move the butterfly around though because ,although the glue does dry clear, it has a bit of shine which will be noticeable if not under the butterfly.

Now I have great news for you. If you don’t have this set of thinlits yet, you definitely will want to snatch up the 15% savings on it while it is on this week’s Weekly Deals. Click on the photo to go to my online store and place your order. While you are in my online store, check out the Clearance Rack. It is your last chance to get some retired items at a discount.

Weekly Deals for 9-15-15


Virtual Swap Continues

Yesterday I started a virtual swap for Share an Idea Day. The way it works is that I share my swap card here and on my Facebook page. Then you create a card, go to my /the Soggy Stamper facebook page and share your card in a comment. I am running this swap for a few more days. Here is the card I shared yesterday.

Today, I am sharing a Christmas card I have created for a SUDSOL swap using the same Happy Scenes stamp set and Hearth & Home thinlits.

handmade Christmas card using the Hoppy Scenes stamp set and Hearth & Home thinlits dies

This is actually a shaker card. I filled the shaker part with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I love the way it piles up on the window sill just like snow would and the static electricity on the window sheet attracts some of the glitter like frost. The dog is from the Jingle All the Way stamp set and I cut the bow from Red Glimmer paper using the bow from the mini treat bag thinlits dies. To make space for movement of the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, I used picture mounting tape to lift the top layer.

Can you see the possibilities of this stamp set and thinlit bundle? To order the supplies I used in this card, click on the images below.

Now go add a card to my virtual swap. Go here to share it.